The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Celebrate Family Day planned at Wakefield Park 2011.08.03

Written by David Green.

When Beverly Zuvers, grandmother of the three missing Skelton boys, spoke with Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks one day, they decided that something positive and fun was needed for the city.

In addition to the tragedy of the missing boys, community members have had to endure a father and son dying in a fire, suicides, a hunting accident, a home invasion with assault, a recent drowning...all in the span of a couple of years.

“The community, county and nearby areas have banded together to support the victims of these tragedies,” said Kathye Herrera, a close friend of the Zuvers family. “They have prayed, brought food, sent cards, brought groceries, sent flowers and visited.”

Now it’s time for all of those people to come together for a picnic at Wakefield Park, an event to be known as Celebrate Family Day. There’s no charge for the event, but everyone intending should bring their own lunch.

Herrera and Zuvers have been joined by Cyndee Sanders, Jason and Amy Wilson and Shirley Vanderpool to plan the event, Herrera said, and many hours have already gone into that endeavor.

“We are blessed with lots of great helpers,” she said.

People are donating money for the project and hoping to recoup the funds through a 50-50 drawing.

In addition to bringing a lunch and non-alcoholic beverage, guests should bring lawn chairs because table space will be limited at the park shelter. Sporting equipment for games is also welcomed.

Activities for children include a sawdust wading pool with prizes, a duck pond with prizes, animal balloons, face painting, a moonwalk inflatable, cookie decorating, crafts, sack races and bobbing for apples.

Young adults can participate corn hole tournaments, sand volleyball and baseball. Girls can have their hair done with beads, feathers, etc.

For adults, there will be corn hole, horseshoes, euchre, Bingo, softball and volleyball.

It’s also a day for visiting with friends and celebrating families.

The Michigan Masons’ free child identification program will be available for parents—the same program that visits the Town and Country Festival.

Fairfield Mason Lodge #125 will provide the free CHIP program that sends parents home with each child’s dental impression plus a CD containing a photo, video, digital fingerprints and vital information.

Michigan’s CHIP program is considered one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Herrera describes the picnic event as “a thank you to all the wonderful people who have been there for these families” who have suffered tragedies in recent months.

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